in brief: law firm investigates case for class action over popular birth control pill
An Adelaide law firm is looking at a case for legal action on behalf of women who suffered side-effects as a result of taking the popular contraceptive pill Yasmin and its alternate, Yaz.
Forty women so far have contacted the firm Tindall Gask Bentley over the case. Their website states that ‘Australian women who use the popular Yasmin or Yaz birth control pills may be entitled to compensation.
‘The Yasmin and Yaz contraceptives have been associated with an increased risk of health issues, including stroke, blood clots, and heart attack.’
This claim is supported by evidence from a 2011 study that found that the risk of blood clots associated with Yasmin was three times higher than that associated with other contraceptive pills.
Media reports suggest that litigation against the company that produces the drug, Bayer, first began in 2009, in the United States. Thousands of cases have been settled, to the cumulative value of hundreds of millions of dollars.
The Skikos firm notes that these overall settlement figures are publicly available and indicate an average Yaz lawsuit settlement amount of over $207,000 per case.
The Therapeutic Goods Administration said it closely monitored all contraceptive medicines, including Yaz or Yasmin.
‘There have been no new safety concerns identified for this product,’ a TGA spokeswoman said.
Information from the TGA website shows that there have been 30 cases of pulmonary embolism in associated with Yasmin in Australia since 2000, three of which have resulted in death.
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